The week between Christmas and New Years was relaxing, crazy, fun and everything in between. Both Mommy and Daddy had to work Tuesday through Thursday so the boys went to school. The normal schedule days between two four day weekends were good and fortunately, quick. The weekends were quite relaxing and the boys (and parents) found it very easy to slide into a habit of sleeping in.
The day after Christmas, Daddy and Oliver tackled the assembly of a pirate ship from Nana and Papa. Auntie Anne jumped in as well and helped with some assembly and stickers. The box read for ages 8 and up. Keith thought maybe it should be for thirty-something and up.
There was a lot of cuddles handed out and Kellan had fun playing in a new hat from Geoff's new employer, Oskar Blues.
Mommy giving pouty lips without realizing that Kellan was giving the perfect smile.
Daddy tuned up Oliver's new bike a bit. It comes with training wheels, which Oliver doesn't really need since he's a balance pro on the Stryder. Since the new bike is a bit bigger, Daddy raised the training wheels so that Oliver could handle a bigger bike while he learns how to get up on it.
After much detailed work, the finished product was unveiled.
Daddy had piled a mound of snow in the front yard prior to Christmas for an igloo.
The time had finally come to dig out the living space. The igloo was a big hit for Oliver and the neighbor kids.
While Daddy and Oliver were digging out their new digs, Kellan was kicking back inside with a snack.
During the week there were plenty of good times handed out while we crammed five days of work into three.
Dinnertime is often fun time at the Hamilton house. It is our time to see each other, catch up from the day and have a bit of fun.
Mid-week, Nana and Papa stopped by for dinner on their way to Texas for the rest of the winter. Oliver brushed up his photography skills and took a few snap shots.
Just prior to bed Kellan and Oliver snuggled up with Nana and Papa for a photo. These kiddos are no longer very shy when company arrives.
Then, Oliver was back to taking pictures of a few of his favorite subjects.
By the next weekend, we had many late and relaxing mornings. We may have even had a few that didn't include getting dressed until after lunch.
One morning, Kellan kept a close eye on Mommy's laptop work.
Sure it may be morning, sure we may be wearing our PJ's, but Wow do we love snuggling.
The weekend after Christmas included Operation Christmas Clean-up. Oliver was a HUGE help taking down ornaments and it was fun to spend some one-on-one time together.
Once Kellan woke up from his nap he enjoyed watching the clean-up progress from the comfort of the kiddo rocking chair.
Shortly after Operation Christmas Clean-Up we went into New Years with a smile and a cluck, but you'll have to wait for the New Years post to find out more about that.